Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe – American Special

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is an iconic Thanksgiving side dish made with just 3 ingredients. You can sweeten it with sugar or use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. The sweet and tangy flavors pair perfectly with savory turkey.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time15 min

Easy Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces cranberries about 3 cups
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice or water
  • 1 cinnamon stick

How to Make Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe:


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan or medium pot over medium heat.


Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-12 minutes uncovered. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard.


Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until chilled.

Recipe Notes:

Make this sauce weeks (or months) ahead of time and freeze. Simply thaw overnight and serve for the big day!

Water produces a more traditional flavor while orange juice makes it zestier.

The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

If you’d like a smooth texture, place the warm sauce into a mesh strainer and strain it into a bowl pressing the cranberries to remove as much juice as possible. Another option is to blend with a hand blender.